Winter Books 2015: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Reads

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As cold weather settles into the Bay Area, Forum opens the phone lines for our biannual book show when listeners share their favorite reads. We invite you to pull up a chair, pour a mug of tea and tell us about your favorite books. What's your most memorable recent read? What books are you planning to give as gifts this year? And is an e-book ever an appropriate gift?

Recommendations from Our Listeners

10:04: A Novel by Ben Lerner

50 Years of Assimilation by Wanda Lee-Stevens

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin


Pamela Paul, editor, New York Times Book Review

Sheryl Cotleur, buyer, Copperfield's Books


A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy D. Snyder

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Tweedy Damon M.D

The Boundaries of Desire: Bad Laws, Good Sex, and Changing Identities by Eric Berkowitz

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators by Jay Nordlinger

CIA: Operation Ajax by Daniel Burwen and Mike De Seve

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy by Jason Grumet

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall

The Devil's Chessboard by David Talbot

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Flings: Stories by Justin Taylor

Germinal by Emile Zola

The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey

Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Horns by Joe Hill

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

In the Country by Mia Alvar

JR and The Recognitions by William Gaddis

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Yowell

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou

Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Mister God, This Is Anna by Sydney Hopkins under the pseudonym "Fynn"

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornfischer

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Notes From The Playground by Greg John

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Chris Clark

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Peirce

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

Thunder & Lightning by Lauren Redniss

Too Much of Nothing, Sweetness and Blood by Michael Scott Moore

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Recommendations from Our Guests

Books Suggested by Pamela Paul of the New York Times Book Review

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

The Door by Magda Szabo

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

Jonas Salk: A Life by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

My Struggle: Book Four by Karl Ove Knausgard

New World by J.A. Hawkings

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Weather Experiment:The Pioneers Who Saught to See the Future by Peter Moore

Books Suggested by Sheryl Cotleur of Copperfield's Books

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

The Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

The Other Paris by Luc Sante